Cedar Chest #2

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Project by ADHDan posted 02-18-2014 03:40 PM 1855 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this cedar chest as a wedding gift for a friend. The cedar was all scrap and cull from big-box stores and other sources. After a few trips through the planer and some sanding, it cleaned up nicely and looked great. I finished it with a few coats of varnish. The cedar isn’t aromatic, but the chest could of course be lined with tongue-and-groove inserts.

This was my first ever attempt at frame-and-panel constructions, and that part didn’t turn out quite as nice as I’d hoped (I had to reinforce the joints with dowels) but fortunately my mistakes are hidden, and the recipients are very happy with it. Since they are good friends, it meant more to them that I took the time to make them a handmade gift and they know that I’m still learning this art.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#1 posted 02-18-2014 04:15 PM

I like it. And building it all from scrap is great.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#2 posted 02-18-2014 08:51 PM

Very nice! It looks beautiful and your friends should treasure it for a lifetime.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#3 posted 02-19-2014 01:13 AM

Very nice cedar chest, great work, looks fantastic.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 02-19-2014 11:14 AM

Great looking chest..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 02-25-2014 05:19 PM

Beautiful and well made box, the cedar is beautiful with those pretty grains and knots. It’s a great gift to be treasured for sure. Great job!

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